Thursday, December 02, 2004

Robots Heading For The Battlefield

Early in 2005, a new generation of armed robots will make their appearance in the theatres of battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the ability to carry four 66-mm rockets or six 40-mm grenades, as well as an M240 or M249 machine gun, the robots come armed for duty.

Also ready for rollout, a robot ambulance. It's capable of carrying two soldiers on stretchers from the battlefield to a nearby medical facility. Wounded soldiers could be loaded into the REV (Robotic Extraction Vehicle) by other soldiers. But the REV also carries an electrically powered, 600-pound, six-wheeled robot with a mechanical arm that can drag a wounded fighter to safety if there isn't a flesh-and-blood soldier around.

Pretty cool...